The Action Group for Water Advocacy (AGWA) brings together Friends of Flagstaff Future members and Friends of Flagstaff Future’s NAU Student Chapter, Freshmen from the SEED Learning Community, graduate students from the MA Sustainable Communities Program and community members to address one of Flagstaff’s most pressing and often controversial concerns: water use. Especially in the arid Southwest, water is life! Yet the best estimates indicate that our water supply will be insufficient in a few decades. Precisely because water is so precious, it is the center of much debate both historically and today. AGWA takes on this crucial issue, examining the local and regional implications of the world water crisis, exploring current water use questions, and supporting local efforts to use water more sustainably.
In the Spring of 2012, AGWA celebrated the birth of its own chapter of the Thirst Project, an international movement working towards solving the world’s water crisis. Both on and off campus, AGWA helps community members access and benefit from water-saving strategies and innovations – like switching from bottled water to “Taking Back the Tap,” harvesting rain water, employing permaculture landscaping and urban-agricultural techniques, creating responsible local water-use policies, and more! AGWA looks at where Flagstaff’s water comes from, where it goes, and with whom it is shared. This team strives to better understand the roots of water issues in Flagstaff and works actively toward resolving them in an inclusive, collaborative way.
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